Comelec to hire teachers with deactivated applications to assist in the October polls

September 24, 2010 12:34 pm 

MANILA, Sept. 23 – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will hire teachers who have deactivated registrations as Board of Election Tellers (BETs), as replacement in case some teachers are disqualified to participate in the Oct. 25 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls.

Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said they are just preparing in cases wherein some teachers are related to would-be candidates in the forthcoming elections.

“We foresee na baka magkaroon tayo ng problema diyan… what we do is we agree there might be a shortage (of teachers), which is why we have also come out with a resolution authorizing teachers who have been deactivated to serve as BETs,” Jimenez said.

Based on Comelec Resolution 9030 or the General Instructions for the Synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections, a BET member cannot be related within the fourth civil degree of consanguinity to any candidate to be voted for in the barangay where he or she is assigned.

Comelec data show that around 490,000 teachers will be needed to watch over 163,552 clustered precincts in the country in next month’s polls.

Jimenez said they will conduct a series of cross-checking by Comelec field offices to make sure that there would not be any teachers related to candidates that could serve as BETs.

“After we have that list of teachers, we have to cross-check it not only with the list of voters but also against the list of candidates who are running,” said the poll official.

The BET would oversee the voting process and counting of votes and maintain order within the polling place, among other poll duties.

Each teacher will be receiving an honoraria of P1,000 per day for a maximum of two days of service, with those also handling SK precinct/s receiving additional honoraria of P500. (PNA) scs/FGP/utb

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